Prisons in the UK are experiencing record numbers of suicides and other violent incidents, as well as staff shortages. Policymakers working on prison reform need more effective ways to measure the performance of prison programs.
Feb 20, 2017 Criminal Law and Justice Weekly
Drug dependence imposes significant costs to society and traditional criminal justice responses like imprisonment do not reduce crime. More quality research on alternative sanctions could help police, prosecutors, and judges expand their options while helping users get treatment.
Oct 3, 2016 Criminal Law & Justice Weekly
Does Intervention or Investment Innovate? Social Impact Bonds at the Close of the Peterborough Prison Pilot
There is limited evidence to support the assumption that social impact bonds offer a particularly effective way to spur innovation in service provision and will only have beneficial effects.
Jan 25, 2016 The RAND Blog
A Competitive Landscape for Providing Services Is an Opportunity for Evidence-Building, but Who Will Benefit?
In a tight fiscal climate the UK government has been an innovator in ways to fund and deliver effective public services. New funding arrangements present opportunities for developing the evidence base for policy and practice, since they are associated with different types of service providers.
Dec 2, 2014 PolicyWonkers
Under a Social Impact Bond, private investors — rather than the government — provide up-front funding for programs that tackle such challenges as recidivism or homelessness. If these programs succeed, the government pays some of the savings back to the investors.
May 14, 2013 Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity